, Newburyport, MA


November 3, 2012

All bets off as race nears finish line


“So, all things considered they both come up roses,” Freddy said. “But don’t kiss off what it does politically for both of them.

“Romney has to play second banana off stage getting what face time he can get on TV to say the right things about the losses in New York and New Jersey, while Clinton’s off accenting the positive for Obama and building negatives against Romney.”

“Which is a far cry from back when Obama and Hillary were having at each other for the Democrat nomination for president,” I said.

“That was four years ago,” Freddy said. “That’s a political lifetime. This is for when Obama goes to pasture four years from now, and Hillary gets to run for president with Obama’s supporters helping big time.”

”So you’re calling this one for Obama,” I said

“I said all bets are off,” Freddy said, “This one could go to the wire and it might wind up with the loser getting the most popular votes, but not the most in the Electoral College.”

“That would be a reach,” I said.

“Correct,” Freddy said. “Five hundred and thirty electors who represent the voters from their states get to elect the president.”

“And big states get more electors than smaller ones,” I said

“But you put them all together, and it’s possible the candidate who won with the most popular votes in the election comes up short by a smidgen or two in the Electoral College,” Freddy said.

“It gets complicated,” I said.”

So’s a horse race that ends nose to nose,” Freddy said. “That’s why they photograph them. If things stay as they are for the next couple of days, this one could make as much political history as Sandy has for hurricanes.”


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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